Here is a lil How To use the old Cricut to make this handpainted tote bag!
Using the steps in my SCAL 101 guide to cutting cool crap, I cut a cool flower design on freezer paper. Freezer paper can be found in the sandwich bag aisle. It has a paper side and a shiny side, and can be ironed onto fabric temporarily for use as a stencil.
I used the outline of the flower as my stencil, and ironed it on to my tote bag. I had to add in all the little pieces inside on my own. I will have to figure out a better way of transfering the design. Maybe contact paper?
Yeah it's blurry. You try painting and taking excellent photos at the same time. Anyways, I used a make up sponge to paint on my colors. For paint, I used regular acrylics and mixed them with an additive to make it better for fabric. Dab dab dab, dab dab dab.
Once I had it painted and dried, I peeled off the freezer paper. It comes right up, no mess.
And I picked out all the little pieces too, which wasn't quite as easy, but makes it look good.
I painted on another flower design, and cut out a bird silhouette from fabric. Loooove the polka dots.
And it still looked like it needed something, so I added a satin ribbon around the top to match the brown and polka dots.
Happy pretty tote bag!
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